Wednesday, April 1, 2020

FRANK EDWARDS IS THE HOTTEST GOSPEL ROCK ARTISTE IN NIGERIA


Frank Ugochukwu Edwards, the Enugu State born gospel singer is undoubtedly the hottest gospel rock star in Nigeria today. He has six albums and many hit singles to his name. He has established himself as one of the best leading gospel singers and songwriters in Nigeria. He is the founder and owner of the record label Rocktown Records. 
FRANK EDWARDS
Frank Edwards is also a music producer and plays several musical instruments. He is a keyboardist and a member of the Presidential band of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in Christ Embassy Church. His debut album ‘The Definition’ was released in 2008 followed by his second album ‘Angels on the Runway’ which was released in 2010, and his third album ‘Unlimited’ in 2011. His fourth studio album ‘Tagjam’ was released in November 2011. Frank Edwards is known for his high-pitched voice which has defined him as Nigeria's hottest gospel rock artiste. 
FRANK EDWARDS THE KEYBOARDIST
In 2016, he collaborated with famous American gospel artiste, Don Moen on a song "Grace" which was in his album ‘Frankincense’ released the same year. Frankincense which featured Micah Stampley and Nathaniel Bassey made history and got everyone wowed when it topped Beyonce's and Adele's albums within few hours of release on iTunes album chart.
FRANK EDWARDS THE GUITARIST
 The sensational gospel music minister has returned with a brand-new song called “Suddenly” continuing his impressive music release streak. He said: “There is a party in Heaven for every sinner that repents. Heaven Rocks every time we effectively evangelize to the lost. We should therefore be speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord" - Ephesians 5:19. This is a song of the moment, coming very timely, it’s a song that speaks of hope and answered prayers. It depicts the mediation of the average man who was troubled about life but God shows up “suddenly”, light shines on his path and dry bones rise again.

Friday, March 27, 2020

MANU DIBANGO: LIFE AND TIMES OF THE SOULFUL AMBASSADOR OF AFRICAN MUSIC AND SAXOPHONE LEGEND (DECEMBER 12, 1933 – MARCH 24, 2020)

Manu Dibango was born Emmanuel N'Djoké Dibango in the Cameroonian city of Douala on December 12, 1933, which at the time was under French colonial rule. He grew up in a religious Protestant family, and his first musical influences came from the church. He attended high school in France and began learning instruments: first the piano, then saxophone – for which he became best known – and vibraphone. His musical career spanned across more than six decades.
MANU DIBANGO
Manu Dibango moved to Brussels and toured Europe with Africa Jazz under the bandleader Joseph Kabasele and spent time in Congo and Cameroun before returning to Paris in 1965. He blended the cosmopolitan styles from Africa and Europe into his own fusion, resulting in his biggest hit, Soul Makossa, with a blazing saxophone line over a breakbeat and Dibango’s spoken vocals, originally written for the 1972 African Cup of Nations football tournament. Soul Makossa arrived at the dawn of the disco era and made its way to dance floors across the United States, Europe and Africa.
MANU DIBANGO ON STAGE
Manu Dibango achieved a considerable following in the UK with a disco hit called "Big Blow", originally released in 1976 and re-mixed as a 12 minutes single in 1978 on Island Records. In 1998, he recorded the album ‘CubAfrica’ with Cuban artist Eliades Ochoa. 
MANU DIBANGO AND ELIADES OCHOA
Perhaps one of his greatest advice to the upcoming African musicians in his own words is this: "Play different kinds of music before playing your own. I think that it's very important to play other people's music. As you are an African the whites expect you always to play African music. Forget that. You're not a musician because you're African. You're a musician because you are musician. Coming from Africa, but first, musician."
Manu Dibango has collaborated with many other musicians across the world, including South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, King Sunny Ade, Don Cherry and Sly & Robbie. Other artists including Busta Rhymes and the Chemical Brothers have also sampled his tracks.
MANU DIBANGO AND HUGH MASEKELA TOGETHER ON STAGE
At the 16th Annual Grammy Awards in 1974, he was nominated in the categories Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Composition for "Soul Makossa". The song "Soul Makossa" on the record of the same name contains the lyrics "makossa", which means "dance" in his native tongue, the Cameroonian language Duala. The song has influenced popular music hits, including Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie”. The 1982 parody song "Boogie in Your Butt" by comedian Eddie Murphy interpolates Soul Makossa's bassline and horn charts while "Butt Naked Booty Bless" by 1990s hip-hop group Poor Righteous Teachers heavily samples its musical bridge and drum patterns.
'PAPPY GROOVE' MANU DIBANGO
In 1986 Manu Dibango filed a lawsuit claiming that Michael Jackson stole a hook from his song, Soul Makossa, for two songs on the world’s best-selling album, Thriller. The line ‘mama-say, mama-sa, ma-makossa’ from Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin was lifted from Dibango’s chorus on Soul Makossa. He therefore sued Jackson over the uncredited interpolation, winning an out-of-court settlement with the Popstar. Twenty-three years later, precisely in 2009 Rihanna sampled that segment of Jackson’s song for her single “Don’t Stop the Music” and Manu Dibango again took them both to court, although his complaint was deemed inadmissible.
MANU DIBANGO ON STAGE IN STUTTGART, GERMANY IN 2013
Manu Dibango passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, as a result of Coronavirus infection. This disease codenamed COVID ’19 is currently ravaging the whole world. Africa has yet lost another of her biggest music ambassador. Rest on Pappy Groove!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

KENNY ROGERS THE COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND (AUGUST 21, 1938 – MARCH 20, 2020)

Kenneth Ray Rogers who is popularly known as Kenny Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He sold over 100 million records worldwide during his lifetime, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His fame and career spanned multiple genres: jazz, folk, pop, rock, and country. He remade his career and was one of the most successful cross-over artists of all time.
KENNY ROGERS
Kenny Rogers began his recording career in the late 1950s, with the Houston-based group the Scholars, who first released "The Poor Little Doggie". After some solo releases including 1958's "That Crazy Feeling", Rogers then joined a group with the jazz singer Bobby Doyle. In 1966 he became a member of the folk ensemble The New Christy Minstrels where he played double bass and bass guitar as well as singing. In 1967, he and several members of the New Christy Minstrels left to found the group The First Edition, with whom he scored his first major hit, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In), a psychedelic rock song which peaked at number five on the Billboard charts.
KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION
After the broke up of The First Edition band in 1976, Kenny Rogers embarked on a long and successful solo career, which included several successful collaborations, including duets with singers Dolly Parton and Sheena Easton. He also had a songwriting partnership with Lionel Richie. Kenny Rogers signature song, “The Gambler” released in 1978 was a cross-over hit that won him a Grammy Award in 1980 and was selected in 2018 for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. Rogers developed the Gambler persona into a character for a successful series of television films in the 1980s.
KENNY ROGERS IN DUET WITH DOLLY PARTON
Kenny Rogers was married five times and had five children. His first marriage was to Janice Gordon on May 15, 1958; they divorced in April 1960 with one child, Carole Lynne. He married his second wife, Jean, in October 1960 and divorced her in 1963. His third marriage was to Margo Anderson in October 1964; they divorced in 1976 with one child. He married his fourth wife Marianne Gordon on October 1, 1977, and they divorced in 1993 with one child. Kenny Rogers fifth marriage was to Wanda Miller on June 1, 1997. They had twin sons and were married for 22 years until his death.
KENNY ROGERS AND CHILDREN
Kenny Rogers passed away peacefully on Saturday March 20, 2020 at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family. He was aged 81. May his soul rest in peace.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

AURLUS MABELE A CONGOLESE MUSIC SUPER STAR DIES AT 67 IN PARIS

The king of soukous and Congolese music super star Aurlus Mabélé has died of suspected coronavirus disease in hospital in France’s capital Paris, aged 67. Soukous is a high-tempo Congolese dance music popular across Africa.

Talks are already underway with the Congolese government for Aurlus Mabélé to be buried in his home country as his coffin will be placed in a burial vault until travel restrictions due to coronavirus are lifted.

Aurlus Mabélé had created the band "Les Ndimbola Lokole" with Jean Baron, Pedro Wapechkado and Mav Cacharel in 1974. The band has several albums to their credit. Some of Aurlus Mabélé's most popular songs include 'Embargo' , 'Evelyne', 'Rosine', 'Betty' and 'Femme Ivoirienne' to mention a few.

Good night to the crowned king of soukous music, Aurlus Mabélé.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

FEMICLEF IS A RISING NIGERIAN GOSPEL SINGER

A rising Nigerian gospel singer, Olufemi Adeagbo who is professionally known as F-Clef, has adopted a new stage name, FemiClef. While he has been performing and ministering at events all the while, he makes a return as a recording artiste with the release of a new single titled ‘The Glory’. 




The Glory, as the title implies, is a song that accords all gratitude and appreciation to the Most-High God. There's not enough praises and thanks that we can give God to show how much we are grateful, as the song rightly admits. However, it's never too late to start, it's never too early to stop giving God all the glory.




FemiClef has kept the momentum as he premieres the music video for the same song. The video was shot and directed by TJ Beenie of HQ Multimedia as one of the live recording editions of the popular musical series, PG Sessions. We wish FemiClef all the best and the favour of God.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

MERA OWILI IS A GIFTED NIGERIAN GOSPEL SINGER

Mera Owili is a Nigerian Gospel Artiste, Song Writer, uniquely gifted with a prolific and anointed voice. She's an unapologetic follower of Jesus Christ, who is committed to taking the gospel to the ends of the earth with her music. She already has 2 amazing singles ‘Nanowei Mbana’ released in 2016 and ‘That Name Jesus’ released in 2017. 

Mera has come up with a brand-new single ‘Tari’, meaning ‘love’ in the Ijaw dialect of South-South Nigeria. The song speaks of the unconditional and sacrificial love of God, the immeasurable love that cannot be explained. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man will lay down his life for his friends (John 15 vs 13).

On how to describe God's love, Mera Owili says “God’s love is so incomprehensible, no matter how hard we try to fathom this indescribable love, we always fall short of the right words to express it. God’s love always overwhelms me, and the good thing is He loves me unconditionally.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

TMAX IS A FAST-RISING GOSPEL SINGER IN NIGERIA

Tmax is a fast-rising gospel singer, who has never looked back after the successful release of his debut album 'Victorious'. The renowned gospel artist followed up quickly with another great song ‘Ko Halleluyah’. This hard working gospel artist did another great song ‘Working for My Good’ which was based on the word of God in Romans 8:28 that says, ‘all things work together for Good for those who love the Lord and to those that are called according to his purpose’. The song is a beautiful masterpiece that everyone should have, play and confess daily, be rest assured you will dance nonstop. 

The renowned gospel singer Tmax is here again with another song that will stir up your spirit man titled ‘Miracles Everywhere’ Talking about this new song in his words, he said "God is still in the business of doing miracles and he gave me this song in my sleep because I believe he is set to do something big for someone out there". The song is a simple but loaded song, with lyrics that when you confess with your mouth things will begin to happen in your life. This song will surely connect and release people’s faith to see miracles everywhere, this is the real essence of gospel music.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

BONGOS IKWUE, A VETERAN SOULFUL MUSICIAN

Remember Bongos Ikwue, a veteran soulful musician from Otukpo in Benue State, Nigeria who some Years ago (mid 1970s - early 1980s) had his music centre at Fadeyi, along Ikorodu Road in Lagos. He believes that humans are limited in what they know and that inspiration comes from the Almighty. Bongos said he used to like Elvis Presley who sang a lot of blues and gospel songs. He remembered one of his songs where he was talking to God Almighty, saying, ‘But this time Lord, you gave me a mountain.’He said he was greatly influenced by Elvis Presley and The Temptations in the early stage of his career.


Bongos started his music career in the  secondary school at Okene when he formed his first band 'Cubana Boys’ with his friends.   He later on formed another band 'The Rooftoppers’ when he was playing at Hamdala Rooftop Hotel in Kaduna. Then He formed  ‘The Groovies’ in Lagos, the band that really brought him to limelight.‎ Bongos Ikwue had some hit albums to his credit in the 1970s and early 1980s.  Some of his most popular songs include 'Still Searching’; ‘You Can’t Hurry the Sunrise’; ‘What’s Gonna be Gonna be’ ‘No More Water in the Well’ and ‘Cockcrow at Dawn’.  

Bongos has this elderly advice to young artists who are still struggling to succeed "There has to be a level of connection between artistes and the listeners or the audience and that is the most wonderful thing a singer or artiste needs. It is how people respond to what you do. You know with entertainment, judgment comes instantly unlike it is for an exam where you wait for it to be marked. You are marked as you are performing. There is a saying that a showman is as good as his last show. So you must take every show seriously". 



Bongos Ikwue has defined what a good music is supposed to be. "For me, good music is a great song that can make you very happy and can make you very unhappy. It is the coexistence of the positive and the negative. There must be a balance and the understanding of balance stems from the listeners. I’m a listener; if I’m listening to your music, what does your music do to me? Has it made me cry? Has it made me happy? Has it made me sad? Has it made me want to listen to you again? Since individuals are not the same, it is very difficult to take any answer as a universal answer".

We wish Bongos Ikwue a happy 77th years birthday and many happy returns. We also thank Almighty God for letting him survive a stroke recently. To God be the glory.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

ELIJAH OYELADE IS A SUPER WORSHIP SINGER IN NIGERIA

One cannot count five best worship gospel singers in Nigeria without mentioning Elijah Oyelade.  He has got the voice and sings under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He has continued to entertain and draw people to God’s presence with his songs which are carefully written with scintillating melodies and harmonies. Elijah Oyelade is best known for his most popular songs including: 'Glorious God'; 'Majesty' and 'Emmanuel'. He remains a soul lifter at every occasion he performs.


Elijah Oyelade's collaboration with one of Nigerians leading worship leader Nathaniel Bassey in the 2016 single 'Owner of the Key' was awesome and the song has always lifted people's souls to God whenever the it is played. 
The song 'Owner of the Key' re-echoes that we are simply nothing without God. Before the world began, God has everything planned out for His children. The manifestation of His entire plan can only come to fruition on the recognition of his supremacy overall. If He is the master of your life, He will make things work out in favour of His will for you because He is the master in control.

Elijah Oyelade’s songs are highly inspiring and have continued indeed to strengthen people’s confidence in God and helped them live life knowing God is in charge and in control of their lives watching to ensure they are kept from shame. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

2020 GRAMMY AWARDS WINNERS


The 62nd annual Grammy Awards was held on Sunday January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, USA and as usual there were some surprises as history was made. Here is a list of winners in key categories at the event.

Teenage goth-pop iconoclast Billie Eilish was the big winner with a total of five golden statuettes, including a clean sweep of the "big four" prizes.

Lizzo, the top nomination getter, won three prizes -- best pop solo performance, best urban contemporary album and best traditional R&B performance.

Album of the Year: Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Record of the Year: Billie Eilish, "Bad Guy"

Billie Eilish

Song of the Year (recognizing songwriting): Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, "Bad Guy"

Best New Artist: Billie Eilish

Best Music Video: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"

Best Rap Album: Tyler, The Creator, "Igor"

Best Rock Album: Cage The Elephant, "Social Cues"

Best Pop Vocal Album: Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Best Pop Solo Performance: Lizzo, "Truth Hurts"

Best Pop/Duo Performance: Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus


Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lizzo, "Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)"

Best Country Album: Tanya Tucker, "While I'm Livin'"

Best Alternative Music Album: Vampire Weekend, "Father of the Bride"

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, "Celia"

Angelique Kidjo

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

WIZKID THE CHAMPION OF AFRICA’S NEW GENERATION MUSIC

Change they say is the most constant thing in life. The Nigerian music scene is not an exception. There has always been a change in the taste of music played and enjoyed in Nigeria. Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a Wizkid cannot be ignored as far as Afro Pop music is concerned in Nigeria. The Star-Boy’s contributions to what is now known as Naija Beat has made him a superstar! Wizkid came to limelight ten years ago as a teenager, just 19-year-old then, with a hit song ‘Holla at Your Boy’. The song, produced by DJ Klem (Knighthouse) and Vebee, is the first single from his debut album ‘Superstar’ during his years of deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (EME).

Seeing then label boss, Banky Wellington drive Wizkid and Skales to a school, in a music video that did not seem Nigerian, imprinted an aspirational image in the minds of teenagers who saw themselves in this singer. This was the perfect introduction the new artist needed. Little wonder he became a sensation immediately after. Fastrack to January 2020, that song has turned 10 years and the generation that grew up with Wizkid’s music remember with nostalgia all the memories ‘Holla at your boy’ created for them. They do not hold back on social media suffice it to say that Wizkid has the largest and strongest fan base for an African artist.

Wizkid has really evolved and everything he breathes on is a hit. He has done a lot of collaborations with both local and international stars including Beyonce, had international deals and several local and international awards. He is still a physically small person but his influence, as an artist and an African voice, has grown exponentially. He was the first ever Nigerian musician to have over one million followers on Twitter, a feat he achieved in 2014. His videos on YouTube has millions of views with ‘Fever’, released in 2018 garnering over 46 million views and the more recent video ‘Joro’ has over 22 million views.

In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, ‘One Dance’, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the U.S, UK, Canada and Australia. He currently has the biggest music deal yet by an African music act with his 2016 deal with RCA Records. Wizkid is also currently one of the richest artists in Africa with a net worth of 20 million dollars.